Bear Creek Primitive Baptist
Spring and fall Sessions
Compiled and Distributed by
J. W. JONES, Clerk and Treasurer
Peachland, N. C.
Bear Creek Primitive baptist
Spring and Fall Sessions
Compiled and Distributed by
J. W. JONES, Clerk and Treasurer
Peachland, N. C.
Forty-Second Spring Session held with the Church at Pleasant
Grove, Union County, N. C, on Saturday before first Sunday in
Also the Ninety-Fourth Annual Session held with the church at
Union Grove, Union County, N. C, on Saturday before first Sun-
day in October, 1926.
BEAR CREEK PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION
PROCEEDINGS SPRING SESSION
Pleasant Grove, Union County, N. C.
May 1, 1926
Assembled at the stand in grove at 11 a. m. and Introductory
Sermon delivered by Elder Jason Eudy from first several verses
of sixth chapter of Gallatians. Intermission one hour.
Then at 1 o'clock convened in the house. Song and prayer
service, conducted by Elder B. F. Houze.
1. Called for and read the letters from the several churches
and messengers therein named seated.
2. Re-elected Elder W. C. Edwards Moderator and J. W.
3. Received a letter from the newly constituted church at
Herrins' Grove, Stanly County, N. C, requesting membership in
the Bear Creek Association. This was unanimously granted and
their messenger seated.
4. Invited visiting brethren as correspondence from sister as-
sociations to seats. Brothers T. H. and W. T. Bentley present
5. Invited visiting brethren from sister associations to seats.
Elders B. F. Houze, R. H. Pittman, J. R. Wilson and W. F. Pruitt
6. Appointed as arrangement committee, Elder B. L. Treece
and Brothers J. M. Taylor and P. A. Howard with Moderator
7. That Elders R. H. Pittman, B. F. Houze, W. C. Edwards
and B. L. Treece preach at the stand Sunday, service to com-
mence at 10 a. m.
8. Adjourned to 9:30 a. m., Monday. Preaching Saturday p.
m. at stand by Elders R. H. Pittman and B. F. Houze.
SUNDAY, MORNING, MAY 2
Song and prayer service by Elder J. R. Wilson. Then Elder
R. H. Pittman preahed from 38th verse of 18th chapter of St.
John, followed by Elder B. F. Houze. Intermission one hour for
Then Elder W. C. Edwards preached from these words of Scrip-
ture, "Behold the Lamb of God", and closed by Elder B. L. Treece
from this: "The promise is unto you and your children and those
a-far off, eve n as many as the Lord our God shall call."
MONDAY MORNING, MAY 3
Met in the house pursuant to adjournment. Praise and prayer
by Elder Will Helms.
9. Called on Arrangement Committee to report. Report read
10. Called roll of messengers and noted absentees (omitted
11. Called for report from corresponding messengers to sister
associations. None reported.
12. Called on corresponding messengers from sister associa-
tions to report. No report, but received minutes from Mountahi
District, Roaring River and Consolidated Nolachuckey and Ten-
13. Called on Presbyteries to report. Elder Edwards reported
that himself and Elder Jason Eudy and some deacons formed a
Presbytery at Jones iHill church on Saturday before third Sunday
in February, 1926, and ordained Bro. Walter Greene a deacon.
Also Elder D. S. Jones reported that himself and Elder Jason Eudy
and come deacons formed a P'-esbytery at a place known as iHer-
r'ns Grove in Stanly County, N. C, on the 24lh day of December,
1925, and then and there const itut d a church of the Primitive
Baptist Faith and order.
14. That we return thanks to God, this church and friends of
the community for hospitality during this meeting.
15. Adjourned to time and place named in last minutes.
Preaching Monday at Stand by Elder W. F. Pruitt and J. R.
ELDER W. C. EDWARDS, Moderator.
J. W. JONES, Clerk.
MESSENGERS— SPRING SESSION, 1926
Bear Creek— Harvey Alman, A. J. Furr, J. A. .Barbee.
Bethany — Represented by Elder J. F. Mills.
Concord — J. L. Overcash, J. F. Burrus, Paul Hartsell.
Clarks Grove— Elder Jason Eudy, R J. Lee, G. W. Barbee.
Crooked Creek— D. L. Willams, H. M. Greene, D. A. Simpson.
Freedom — A. J. Deese.
Flat Lake— 0. F. Haywood, D. P. Dunn, E. A. Dennis.*
Herrins Grove — Elder D. S Jones, Rufus Herrin.
High Hill— W. M. Clontz, V. P. Helms, G. W. Helms.
High Ridge— Elder W. C. Edwards, Willie Helms, Lonnie Thomas.
Howards Chapel— P. A. Howard, M.' F. Coble, Thomas Howard.
Jerusalem— H. F. Cur'ee, W A. He'ms C. C. CurVe.
Jones Hill— Wa:ter Greene, M. F. Whitley, A. A. Morton.
Liberty — Oscar Broome, J. B. Whitley, E. S. Burghcs.
Liberty Hill— B. W. Whitley, J. T. Crisco, Virgil Whitley.
Lawyers Spring— E. C Jones, H. M. Baucom, J. W. Jones.
Meadow Creek — H. A. Williams.
Mountain Creek— Elder .B. L. Treece, Daniel Page, J. S. Misenheimer.
Pleasant Hill— J. M. Taylor, A. J. Helms.
Pleasant Grove— E. Mullis, T. A. Helms, J. M. Williams.
Philadelphia — Willam Daves, S. J. McKinney,* Foster Beam.*
Union Grove— S. D. Outen, J. D. Hill, F. L. Baucom.
New Zion— S. M. Underwood, J. P. Whitley, M. A. Helms.
Running Creek— W. T. Tucker, J. D. Eury, W. M. Almond.
Watson — J, T. Simpson, Oscar Mullis, J. T. Rushing.
BEAR CREEK PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION
FALL SESSION, 1926
NINETY-FOURTH ANNUAL SESSION
Union Grove, Union County, N. C.
October 2, 1926.
Assembled at the Stand at 11 a. m. and Introductory Sermon
preached by Elder W. C. Edwards from first verse of 103d Psalm.
Intermission one hour for dinner.
Then convened in the house. Praise and prayer conducted by
Elder Jason Eudy, after which Eld:r B. L. Treece, by request,
presided as Moderator Protem in the absence of Elder Edwards,
who was called away to conduct a funsral service.
Then there was offered and accepted by the Association the
"Resolved, that under present disturbed conditions, we beg our
brethren to be patient and conservative and suggest to any
agrieved church that they take up their difference in due form by
going to or before the offending sister church or churches, with
messengers duly appointed and with letter, and labor for peace
and reconciliation ust as one brother is admonished to do toward
another, as set forth in the 18th chapter of Matthew. (Reader,
please read and study prayerfully the whole 18th chapter of Mat-
thew above referred to) and that we as an association have not,
nor do we wish to usurp any authority over the churches and we
willingly submit that at associations is no place for declarations of
non-fellowship, but that we today seat all the messengers named
in the several letters from all our churches and omit the formality
of seating or not seating visitors present at this time."
Then proceeded to business in the usual order.
1. Called for and had read the letters from the several church-
es, only omitting matters alluded to in above resolution and seated
all messengers. Then received a petitionary letter from the hand
of Bro. Thomas Howard, from a newly constituted church of
Primitive Baptist Faith, and order near Wadesboro, Anson Coun-
ty, N. C, known as Deese's Chapel, requesting membership with
the sister churches of this Association. This request was unani-
mously granted and Broth?r Howard therein named as messenger
2. Then, by motion, elected Elder B. L. Treece Moderator and
J. W. Jones, Clerk.
3. Appointed Brethren S. D. Outen, J. M. Taylor and J. T.
Simpson a committee of arrangements.
4. Appointed Brethren P. A. Howard and J. F. Biirrus a com-
mittee on Finance.
5. Elected by ballot the following ministers to preach at the
Stand Sunday, as follows: Elders M. L. Riner, W. E. Cribbs, R.
H. Pittman, and B. L. Treece. Service at 10 o'clock a. m.
6. Adjourned to 9 a. m. Monday.
Benediction in short prayer by the Moderator.
NOTE — The church at Jones Hill has built a new house of wor-
ship, not at the former location, but on a lot at the Smith Country
Cemetery two miles east of Oakboro, N. C, and from now on this
body is designated or to be known as the Church at Smith's
SUNDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 3
Service commenced at 10 o'clock as arranged Saturday, and El-
der M. L. Riner preached from 8th verse of third chapter of Ti-
tus. Then Elder W. E. Cribbs followed and preached from 4th
verse of the 10th chapter of Romans. Intermission one hour.
On re-ac3cmbiing. Elder R. H. Pittman preached from first and
second verses and first clause of third verse of second chapter of
Hebrews, followed and closed by Elder B. L. Treece from the
words of our Savior when He said, 'T have glorified thee on the
earth." The preaching all seemed to be glorifying to God and
comforting to those who know the truth.
NOTE — By inadvertance, the new church at Herrins Grove was
not called and we ask these brethren to excuse this unintentional
neglect and meet us in next coming session at Liberty Hill on
Sunday before fourth Sunday in coming April. — Clerk.
MONDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 4
Convened in the house at 9 a. m., pursuant to previous adjourn-
ment. Praise and prayer service conducted by Elder W. E.
7. At the request of Elder B. L. Treece, the Moderator, Elder
W. C. Edwards was elected vice or assistant Moderator.
8. Called for report from Arrangement Committee. Report
read and adopted.
9. Called roll of messengers, noted absentees and read Rules
10. Called on Presbyteries to report. Elder W. C. Edwards
reported that Elders B. L. Treece, Jason Eudy and himself
formed a Presbytery on Friday, September 28, 1926, at Wades-
boro, N. C, and then and there constituted and organized a Prim-
itive Baptist church to be known as Deese's Chapel in North Sec-
tion of Wadesboro. Also that he and Elders J. F. Mills, Henry
Taylor and some deacons formed a Presbytery at Liberty on Sat-
urday before first Sunday in July, 1926, and ordained Brethren
J. B. Whitley and Oscar Whitley as deacons.
Also that Elders Henry Taylor, W. F. Pruitt, J .F. Mills and
several deacons formed a Presbytery at Pleasant Grove church on
second Sunday in June and ordained Brother Lonnie Mills a dea-
11. That the next coming Spring Session of this Association
be held with the church at Liberty Hill, Stanly County, N. C,
and for good reasons, commence on Saturday before fourth Sun-
day in April, 1927, and that Elder B. L. Treece is appointed to
preach the Introductory Sermon, with Elder Jason Eudy as his
alternate; and that the Annual or Fall Session convene with the
church at Jerusalem, Anson County, N. C, commencing on Satur-
day before the first Sunday in October, 1927, and that Elder W.
C. Edwards is appointed to preach the Introductory Sermon, El-
d:r B. L. Treece his alternate.
12. Treasurer reported left on hand from last year $ .65
13. Finance Committee reports sent up this year for
minute fund and associational purposes 87.45
Total Fund $88.10
14. That the Clerk serve as Treasurer and also compile and
have printed 1200 copies of these minutes and distribute as usual
and have same fee as last year for services rendered.
15. That the Clerk disburse what surplus fund on hand to
spare to ministers present today.
16. That we thank God for His goodness and mercy during
this meeting and this church and friends for their kindness.
17. At the request of the church at Pleasant Hill in Iredell
County, N. C. she was granted a letter of dismission from the
Bear Creek Association.
18. Read and approved above minutes and then adjourned to
times and places above named.
Albemarle, N. C.
ELDER B. L. TREECE, Moderator.
Peachland, N. C.
J. W. JONES, Clerk.
There was good and sound gospel preaching at the Stand Sat-
urday afternoon and in the meeting house Saturday and Sunday
n'^hts and also at the Stand Monday to larg2 and attentive con-
Note — Please, dear reader, listen to a few words from Saint
Paul who said, "Be kindly affectionated one to another with
brotherly love; in honor preiering one another; not cloth ful in
business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope;
patient in tribulations; continuing instant in prayer; bless them
which persecute you, bless and curse not. Rejoice with them that
do rejoice and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind
one toward another. Provide things honest in the sight of all
men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you live peaceably with
all men. Be not overcome of evil but overcome evil with good.
Love workish no ill to his neighbor, therefore love is the fulfilling
of the law."
FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR YEAR, 1926
Sent up by the Churches for Minute and Associational
purposes this year $ 87.45
Left over from last year 65
Total Funds $88.10
Given Monday to ministers present $ 26.00
Allowance to Clerk 15.00
For printing Minutes, Letter Forms and mailing 47.10
Leaving nothing in treasury.
MESSENGERS— FALL SESSION, 1926
Bear Creek— A. J. Furr, J. A. Barbee, Daniel Page.
Bethany — Represented only by contribution.
Concord— J. F. Burrus, P. M. Hartsell, J. L. Overcash.
Clarks Grove — Elder Jason Eudy, G. W. Barbee, W. C. Baucom.
Crooked Creek— D. L. Williams, D. A. Simpson, L. L. Little.
Deese's Chapel — Thomas Howard.
Freedom — Not represented.
Flat Lake — Not represented.
High Hill— G. W. Helms, S. H. Edwards, Van P. Helms.
High Ridge— J. P. Rushing, J. .B. Medlin, Elder W. C. Edwards.
Howards Chapel— P. A. Howard, M. F. Coble, Shepherd Taylor.
Jerusalem— W. H. Curlee, W. A. Helms, H. F. Curlee.
Liberty— J. B. Whitley, Oscar Broome, W. O. Whitley.
Liberty Hill— Obie Whitley, J. T. Criscoe, B. W. Whitley.
Lawyers Spring — E. C. Jones, H. M. Baucom, C. P. Griffin.
Meadow Creek — H. A. Williams.
Mountain Creek— Elder B. L. Treece, W. R. Morton, W. P. A mend.*
Pleasant Hill— J. M. Taykr, Henry Ho-e, H. P. Cashion.
Pleasant Grove — Lonnie Mills, L. L. Gri .in, J. M. William:.
Philadelphia — William Daves,* S. J. McKinney,* Foster Beam.*
Smiths Grove — Walter Greene, Jena Morton, A. A. Morton.
Running Creek— R. F Almond, J. D. Eury, J. H. McClure.
Union Grove— S. D. Outen, F. L. Baucom, T. F. Hill.
New Zion— Elder Will Helms, J. P. Whitley, S. M. Underwood.
Watson — J. T. Simpson, Oscar Mullis, W. A. Hargett.
Absentees marked thus *
ANNUAL TABLE FOR 1926 STATISTICS
Clarks Grove ....
Crooked Creek .
Deese's Chapel .
Meadow Creek ..
Pleasant Grove ..
Running Creek ,.
CHURCHES, CLERKS AND THEIR POSTOFFICES, 1926
Bear Creek — J. A. Barbee, R. 1, Oakboro, N. C 1st in August
Bethany 3rd in August
Concord — P. W. Hartsell, Concord, N. C 3rd in August
Clarks Grove— G. W. Barbee, Midland, N. C 2nd in July
Crooked Creek — L. L. Little, Unionville, N. C 4th in July
Deese's Chapel — Miss Beckie Howard, Wadesboro, N. C.
Freedom — J. W. Deese, R. 6, Albemarle, N. C.
Flat Lake— O. F. Haywood, Mt. Gilead, N. C 4th in July
Herrins Grove — D. S. Jones, Stanfield, N. C.
High Hill— W. M. Clontz, R. 1, Unionville, N C 1st in September
High Ridge— J. B. Medlin, R. 1, Marshville, N .C 3rd in July
Howards Chapel — Arch Carpenter, R. 1, Norwood, N. C. .. 1st in Septemb':-r
Jerusalem — T. F. Mills, Marshville, N. C 2nd in August
Liberty— J. B. Whitley, R. 7, Monroe, N C.
Liberty Hill— F. E. Huneycutt, R. 2, Oakboro, N. C 4th in August
Lawyers Spring — H. M. Baucom, Peachland, N. C 1st in August
Meadow Creek — H. A. WilHams, Stanfield, N. C 3rd in August
Mountain Creek — J. S. Misenheimer, R 2, Albemarle, N. C 3rd in July
Pleasant Grove — T. A. Helms, Marshville, N. C 2nd in July
Pleasant Hill— H. P. Cashion, R. 2, Barber, N. C 4th in June
New Zion— J. P. Whitley, Harrisburg, N. C.
Philadelphia — Foster Beam, Ellenboro, N. C. 4th in August
Running Creek— J. H. McClure, R. 1, Mt. Pleasant, N. C 2nd in August
Smiths Grove — Walter Greene, R. 1, Oakboro, N. C. 3rd in September
Union Grove — F. L. Baucom, R. 2, Monroe, N. C. 2nd in September
Watson— S. L. Mullis, R. 2, Unionville, N. C 4th in May
NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF OUR ORDAINED MINISTERS
Elder J. F. Mills Route 1, Marshville, N. C.
Elder W C. Edwards Wingate, N. C.
Elder Henry Taylor Monroe, N. C.
Elder D. S. Jones Stanfield, N. C.
EMer Jason Eudy Oakboro, N. C.
Eider Will A Helms Rt. 7, Concord, N. C.
RULES OF DECORUM
1st. A Moderator, or Chief Speaker, and Clerk may be chosen- ^
by the suffrages of the members present.
2nd. The Chief Speaker, or Moderator, shall take his seat at
the hour to which the Association shall be adjourned, and after
prayer shall proceed to business. It shall be his duty to keep ox^-^
der, and shall be entitled to the same privilege of speech as that
of another member; provided, he appoint one of the members to
fill the chair during the exercise of such privilege, and in no case
shall give a vote unless the Association be equally divided.
3rd. Only one member shall be allowed to speak at a time,
who shall rise from his seat and address the Chief Speaker by the
appelation of brother, and while speaking shall confine himself
strictly to the subject in question and shall not be interrupted un-
less he digress from the subject, and shall in no wise reflect on
any other speaker, so as to make remarks on his slips and failings
and imperfections, but shall fairly give his own views of the case
without sophistry or criticism.
4th. No person shall speak more than three times on one sub-
ject without leave of the Association.
5th. No person shall absent himself from the Association with-
6th. No member of the Association shall address any other
member by any other term or name than that of brother.
7th. The Chief Speaker, or Moderator, shall not interrupt one
member to prohibit him from speaking until his speech is finished,
except he break the Rules of Decorum. ,^
8th. The names of all members of the Association shall be en-
rolled by the clerk, and be called over as often as the Association
9th. Any member who shall willingly and knowingly break or
violate any of the foregoing rules of this Association, shall be re-
proved by the Association in any way they may think proper.
ARTICLES OF FAITH
Article 1. We believe in one only living and true God, the Fa-
ther, the Word and the Holy Ghost.
Art. 2. We believe in the man Jesus being the first of all
God's creation and the pattern of all God's perfection in nature,
providence, grace and glory, and in relative union with the divine
word, and thus united with the whole Trinity.
Art. 3. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New
Testaments contain the only written revealed word of God, and
are the only perfect rule of faith and practice for God's church in
# her militant state while here on earth.
Art. 4. We believe in the doctrine of Election, that God chose
His church in Christ Jesus before the world began.
Art. 5. We believe in all mankind's apostacy by transgres-
sion in Adam, the federal head.
Art. 6. We believe in the doctrine of original sin.
Art. 7. We believe in the impotence of man to recover himself
from his fallen state by his own free will and ability.
Art. 8. We believe that sinners are justified freely by grace
and before God by faith in Christ and his righteousness only.
Art. 9. We believe that God's elect or church shall be called,
converted, regenerated and sanctified by the Holy Spirit in due
Art. 10. We believe that the saints shall persevere in grace
and never really fall away.
Art. 11. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are
ordinances of Christ's appointment and that believers alone are
the subjects of baptism and the only proper communicants of the
supper; that the mode of baptism is immersion, and that neither
of the ordinances is to be altered or changed by the inventions or
opinions of men.
Art. 12. We believe that no man as a minister has any right
to the administration of any of the ordinances of the gospel ex-
cept such as are sound in the faith of the gospel, regularly bap-
tised, called of God and have come under the imposition of hands
by a regular Presbytery.
Art. 13. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, both the
just and the unjust, and a general judgment.
Art. 14. We believe that the punishment of the wicked will be
everlasting and the joys of the righteous eternal.